An amazing art quilt has been traveling the country for the past few years – the Lost Heroes Art Quilt. It’s an incredibly powerful piece by Julie Feingold, and it’s a tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in service to our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s totally non-political. If you haven’t seen it, you must go to http://www.heart2hand4art.com/lostheroesartquilt/ to see what I’m talking about. It’s too much to describe.
Early one foggy spring morning in 2010, I arrived at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden to see the quilt before it was packed up for transport to the next venue. I also got to meet the escorts – a group of motorcycle riders from the Patriot Guard who, with flags flying, would accompany the quilt on a short ride down I-70 to the Colorado State Capitol.
Just the other day we heard from gold star mother Nancy Hecker, who coordinated the quilt’s journey across the U.S.
“We are proud to tell you that the quilt sold to BAE Systems for the incredible amount of $100,000. Julie Feingold, the artist, designated that the funds from the sale of the quilt would go to support CAUSE and TAPS, two wonderful charities that offer programs to help our military and their families.” Nancy adds, “Being involved in the project enabled us to turn the pain of our loss into something good. Through the sale of our Lost Heroes Art Quilt companion book, we were able to donate $20,000 to Snowball Express, another great charity that takes the children of our fallen heroes on a holiday trip each year.” She also sent a link to this video on youTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW9Wra3B7pA
The lost Heroes Art Quilt will be on permanent display at the visitor’s center at Arlington National Cemetery.
Jan Magee, The Quilt Life